You can’t pigeonhole people — it’s the greatest lesson we learned from The Breakfast Club and it’s a powerful theme that runs through Erin Gough’s newest novel, Get It Together, Delilah! 

In her novel, Erin Gough takes us back to high school, when crushes felt all-consuming and parents were the worst. For Delilah Green, figuring out who she is gets way harder when she starts to develop feelings for a girl… who might just reciprocate those feelings. You’ll cheer for Delilah as she takes on mean girls, parents who break promises, and tantalizing first loves. We chatted with author Erin Gough about what’s on her to-read list and her creativity tips. Scroll on to meet the brilliant mind behind this fantastic book!

Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Erin Gough: Girl meets girl. Girl falls over.

B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

EG: Wherever and whenever I can! I have limited time for writing, so I try to make every minute count.

B+C: What’s your go-to cure for when you’re stuck in a creativity rut?

EG: A rambling walk, followed by a visit to my bookshelf.

B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

EG: Patricia Highsmith, for pushing literary boundaries with skill and style. Lorrie Moore for being able to write about serious topics with side-splitting humor. (Photo via Zane Williams)

B+C: What’s your latest Twitter obsession?

EG: The Oxford Comma Twitter account, @IAmOxfordComma. What can I say? I’m a grammar nerd.

B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love + recognition?

EG:Welcome to Orphancorp by Australian writer Marlee Jane Ward. It’s a compelling and poetic dystopia that has a lot to say about the way we treat our fellow humans.

B+C: What’s next on your to-read pile?

EG: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes

B+C: What advice do you have for aspiring creative ladies?

EG: Never doubt that passion and hard work will get you there. Keep at it!

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(Photos via Erin Gough)